Headstarting is a collaborative effort between WWT, BirdsRussia and the RSPB, and occurs as part of the International Arctic Expedition mounted each year by BirdsRussia under the leadership of Dr. Evgeny Syroechkovskiy.
Nanthar Island and Mayyu Estuary

Important Spoon-billed Sandpiper location becomes Myanmar’s 6th Ramsar site!

An update from Christoph Zöckler When in 2006 the second winter search Expedition of the SBS Task Force found eight Spoon-billed Sandpiper in Teknaf at the southern tip of Bangladesh, we looked across to Myanmar and dreamt of going there to continue our search. Gillian Bunting, the GI
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Photo by Tanya Grigg.

Slimbridge Spoonies: Happy 1st Birthday to the Chicks!

An update from Tanya Grigg We thought you would like to hear how the 2019-hatched Spoonies are getting on as we celebrate their first birthday today! On 20th March this year we moved the birds from their wintering aviary to their summer accommodation which is exactly the same as the a
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Spoon-billed Sandpiper Task Force

22nd SBS Task Force Newsletter

An update from Christoph Zöckler Dear all, Some weekend reading during the lockdown! Please find newsletter No 22: https://www.m-h-s.org/en/information/news-about-the-spoon-billed-sandpiper/ Thank you for your contributions and enjoy reading! Christoph Dr Christoph Zöckler SBS TF Coor
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Team photo nearing the end of the expedition. Photo by Julia Darkova.

News from the Field: 2020 update and 2019 reminiscence

The Corona virus pandemic has changed life as we know it. Every person on this earth is adjusting and adapting to these ever changing circumstances, and the team behind the survey and headstarting expeditions to Meinopylgyno (aka Meino) are doing all they can to proceed with this vita
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Sleepy Spoonies

Slimbridge Spoonies: 2020 update

This year the majority of the captive Spoonies will be eight years old. Being generation zero of the captive population (the first Spoon-billed Sandpipers to be brought into captivity) you could consider this quite an achievement, for the birds and for the staff caring for them. Over
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Spoonie satellite tagging locations, 24 November 2019

Spoonie migration update – good and bad news :-/

Update from Baz Hughes and Guy Anderson Since our last update ten days ago (apologies for the radio silence folks), JY has stayed put at Beihai, Guangxi Province, China. Will JY stay put in southern China all winter like HU and CT did, or will it move on? We’ll keep posting regu
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EH at Pak Thale, 14 November 2019 Ayuwat (Ton) Jearwattanakanok 77

Ayuwat’s photos of EH on his big camera!

Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map.   This is the e-mail from Ayuwat I awoke to yesterday (Friday 15 Nov). “Attached here are photos of EH taken yesterday at Pak Thale. The bird was seen foraging with other small waders from around 9.00 until 1
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EH JY and KY migration route, 14 November 2019

EH, JY and KY – where are they now?

Update from Baz Hughes and Guy Anderson   Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map.   Yellow EH is still at Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bia in Thailand. And it has been spotted again. And photographed. Early this morning I received an e-mail from Nanc
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Migration routes of JY and KY, 9 November 2019

JY and KY are on their way too … to where?

Update from Baz Hughes and Guy Anderson Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map. EH remains at Pak Thale – Laem Phak Bia. Within 12 hours of arriving it had been seen on the reserve by visiting British birder Shaun Ferguson. Nice spot Shaun! Yesterday (8
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EH migration route from Vietnam to Pak Thale.

EH kept on going … to Pak Thale in Thailand

Follow our satellite tagged spoonies by clicking here for the live map. I awoke yesterday morning (6 Nov) to see a fix at Tonlé Sap Lake in Cambodia, about 500km southwest of the last fix in Vietnam. Tonlé Sap is the largest freshwater lake in southeast Asia and happens to be the site
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